The seventh season of Power Rangers, adapted from Seijuu Sentai Gingaman.Lost Galaxy occupies an interesting place in Power Rangers continuity. Starting with this season, Saban adopted the Sentai practice of producing self-contained seasons with little or no links to previous years; Lost Galaxy featured a completely new group of Rangers receiving completely new powers and carrying out missions largely independent of previous teams. Having said that, it also maintains some links to the six-year "Zordon Era" that preceded it, particularly in the presence of supporting characters, the Psycho Rangers, and the Astro Megaship. In short, it was something of a Passing the Torch moment in terms of how Power Rangers seasons would be conducted, being something of a Postscript Season to the Zordon Era whilst simultaneously launching the season-by-season approach. Finally, it was also the first time the show averted the "Recruit Teenagers with Attitude" trope it named: four of the six main characters (counting the Sixth Ranger) already have accepted positions within the Galactic Space Alliance.The series also was the subject of much behind the scenes controversy adaptation-wise. Rather than working closely with the creators of Super Sentai to find out what kind of show Gingaman would be, Fox and Saban went ahead with the notion of another space-themed series due to the popularity of Power Rangers in Space. Sadly, what they got was a nature-themed show with horses and the space vehicle zords that they thought were going to be the main Zords became the back-up Zord for the show. Also, problems arose with the cast as one of the Ranger actresses became ill and had to be replaced, the plan for them to bring back the In Space Pink Ranger fell through after filming her first episode, and she was replaced with yet another In Space refugee (Karone), although most feel this worked out for the better.The story starts out with Leo Corbett, younger brother of GSA officer Mike, stowing away aboard the roaming space station Terra Venture. He meets his brother's coworkers Kendrix and Kai, and they're suddenly approached by Maya, an alien girl from the planet Mirinoi. She's come through a wormhole and needs someone to save her people. Leo, Kendrix and Mike immediately agree to follow her, while Kai initially refuses, until guilt convinces him to go hijack the Power Rangers' Astro Megaship and help his friends, with the help of Alpha 6 and Damon.Once on Mirinoi, Mike, Kendrix, Kai, Maya and Damon pull the Quasar Sabers from their stones, fulfilling the prophecy and becoming the Power Rangers. Unfortunately, possession of the Quasar Sabers is what Scorpius' minions were after, anyway, and this leads to a fight. Mike is killed, insisting Leo save the Quasar Saber instead of him, and Leo becomes the Red Ranger in his brother's place. Scorpius takes the whole thing as a free ticket to attack Terra Venture whenever he wants to get the Sabers for himself and turns the people of Mirinoi to stone. Naturally, the Rangers choose to fight him. But when Scorpius' search turns towards a power called the Lights of Orion, things start getting more complicated...After its opening episodes attained tremendous viewing figures in the States, the series suffered a ratings dip that made for problems between Fox and Saban. The series was pulled from the airwaves for several months before the last couple of episodes could air, in order to give the time slot to the recently debuted Digimon Adventure dub. It has a few solid fans for the dark, almost poetic stories it told. This is the first series to actually kill good guys, although two got better and the other one got to be reunited with his son, so it was okay by him. Since then, Lost Galaxy has been favorably compared to what's seen as the better seasons; primarily Power Rangers in Space, Power Rangers Time Force, and Power Rangers RPM.Succeeded by Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue.Not to be confused with "Galaxy Rangers"note The original Western name for Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger, which would later become adapted as Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers., Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers, Team Galaxy, or Team Galactic.
Chest Insignia: V-shaped belt buckles can be considered the team symbol. There also seem to be personal Galactabeast symbols, but on the hilts of their swords instead of their costumes. And, of course, the Charlie Brown-style zigzags on the chest, though it's likely that those areas were actually meant to represent sharp teeth (this interpretation is especially noticeable during the morphing sequence, when they're standing in front of the large gold animal symbols with their chests positioned where the mouths would be).
Happy Ending Override: Zordon's sacrifice in the finale of the previous season goes from destroying all evil in the universe to merely Dark Specter and his forces (Rita, Lord Zedd, the Machine Empire, Divatox, and Astronema), otherwise this (and all subsequent series) couldn't happen.
Home Base: Technically the Astro Megaship, but it isn't used all that much.
Combining Mecha: Standard practice for Power Rangers/Sentai, but unsusually, not of the mecha combine with each other. All three Megazords and the Torozord feature their own combinations, but none of them attach to each other as a Mecha Expansion Pack.
Mid-Season Upgrade: Played straight with the Lost Galactabeasts and Leo's armor. Somewhat inverted with the Lights of Orion. Though the Lights of Orion greatly augment the Rangers (plus their weapons and the Galaxy Megazord), all five Rangers must be present for activation.
Monster of the Week: Like the previous season the monsters don't seem to share any single origin, and are vaguely defined "aliens"... even the ones based on Earth cultures or animals...
Part of the reason that there's no single unifying theme is because Gingaman had four themed groups working for the Big Bad:note Using the Lost Galaxy Dragon names "Villamax's" biker bugs, "Treacheron's" samurai sea creatures, "Barbarax's" war machines, and "Hexuba's" mythological monsters.
Mooks: Scorpius and Trakeena used Stingwingers; Captain Mutiny had Swabbies.
She's a Man in Japan: Like a few other PR series, the Gingaman Yellow Ranger was male as opposed to the female Lost Galaxy Yellow Ranger. It's probably the most noticeable case of them all seeing as how the LG Yellow Ranger was pretty well endowed. The producers seemed to catch this however, and future Yellow Rangers who got the same gender flip would be played by more boyishly figured actresses.
You can actually tell when they switch between stock Japanese footage and American shots because the Yellow Ranger inexplicably gains breasts.
Anti-Hero: Magna Defender is Power Rangers' first. He's also probably the series' harshest, with few heroic acts and a willingness to risk a kid's life to take down a monster (to be fair, the last time he surrendered to save a kid it ended badly).
Arbitrary Skepticism: You'd think that something like the Astro Megaship would be a known space vehicle after it helped save the universe, so Damon's skepticism really doesn't feel warranted given the history.
As You Know: In "Destined For Greatness", Mike recaps the Magna Defender's story arc for viewers who came in late.
Batman Gambit: Treacharon while imprisoned give Trakeena a map, to a silver goblet, to give to Scorpius. He then breaks out of jail and confronts Trakeena intending to expose her betrayal to her father. Of course this plan would compltely backfire if he wasn't certain Trakeena would retrieve the goblet herself, instead of taking the map to her father.
Black Dude Dies First: Parodied in "Race to the Rescue" when Damon is picked as decoy and complains about it. And again when it gets a Call Back in ''Journey's End, Part 1":
Damon: Why am I always the decoy?
Black Knight: Magna Defender I - "Black Knight" was even the official title of the Gingaman version. Mike, though using the same black armor, is more of a Knight in Shining Armor.
Bling of War: the Lights of Orion powerup, affecting not just the Rangers but the Galaxy Megazord.
Body Surf: This is what the Magna Defender did to Mike, with the side-effect of bringing him back to life.
Broken Faceplate: During the final battle with Trakeena, Leo uses his Super Mode armor to grab her and fires at point-blank rage. At first, his teammates aren't sure he survived, but he staggers out of the rubble with half his visor blown off.
Bug War: Not a direct example, but the trope is clearly referenced with the insect-themed main villains, as well as the Prop Recycling from Starship Troopers(See above).
But Now I Must Go: During the In Space crossover, the Space Rangers make vague references to a mission back on Earth as a reason why they can't stay.
The Captain: Commander Stanton, leader of the Terra Venture mission.
Colony Drop: Trakeena tried to do this literally by crashing the remains of Terra Venture onto the planet the colony had retreated to.
Cool Old Lady: High Councilor Renier, most clearly seen in "Green Courage".
Covers Always Lie: Well, the title of the season did. PRLG had very little to actually do with the titular "Lost Galaxy". The episodes involving it at all were few in number and after the arc ended it had no appreciable impact on the plot of the season as a whole. This had a lot to do with Saban having no idea where the season was going to go when they started, and failing to work closely with the Super Sentai producers. They were determined to have another space-themed season again, regardless, and it resulted in the erroneous title.
Darker and Edgier: Than Gingaman. It's possibly the only case of a Power Rangers series having a higher body count than its Super Sentai counterpart (besides the offscreen massacres of SPD and RPM). Also, no acorn fairy. That counts for a lot.
This is arguably the darkest series of Power Rangers ever. Yes Power Rangers RPM had a dark premise, but the series itself was pretty light-hearted veering on self-parody. This season we get our first truly morally grey character, our first on-screen child murder (granted its a non-human character and in flashback only), our first and so far only Ranger death (granted she gets better) the Big Bad of the second half of the series is motivated by trying to avenge the death of her father, the first Big Bad, and we get suicide bombers in the finale.
Demoted to Extra: Bulk and Prof. Phenomenus make maybe one significant cameo outside of the premiere and finale (in "Stolen Beauty").
A meta example in Captain Mutiny and his crew. Mutiny/Zahab was the Big Bad in Gingaman, and Hexuba/Illiess was one of his commanders. In Lost Galaxy, Mutiny is only the villain of one short arc, and Hexuba is just a more powerful than usual monster-of-the-day.
Development Gag: thanks to the previous season using the name "Galaxy Gliders" for vehicles that turned into cycles (thanks to Added Alliterative Appeal), the bikes of this season got named Astro Cycles instead (PRiS bandied the word "Astro" a few times, including the name of the Megazord).
Dub Name Change: The Green obviously-draconic Galactabeast is referred to as a condor. To be fair, his original name was Gingalcon - a portmonteau of Ginga (galaxy) and falcon. Given the prominent, long neck, condor is actually a reasonable fit.
Elemental Powers: Mostly edited out from Gingaman, but motifs remain. Leo gets to do a few fireblasts.
Erotic Eating: Maya's a bit of a messy eater, probably because her Sentai counterpart Hikaru/GingaYellow was one.
Mr. Fanservice: Leo, the guy has one of the most awesome shirtless scenes in Power Rangers history, got into a little James Bondage on occasion and is depicted as being a bit of a flirty romantic and good with kids, and he's played by one of the best-looking men to ever put on the red spandex.
Leo's chest becomes such a theme of the season that it almost gets distracting. When he's in the Megaship infirmary shirtless in Shark Attack, the camera lingers on his chest. The character gets three separate introductory shots in the opening credits, and he's wearing less in each one (he starts off with his leather jacket. In the second one, he's down to a blue shirt over a red tank top. And in the third one, he's wearing just the red tank top, with his arms and chest on display). Then, of course, there was the shirtless scene that was so glorious, it wound up in the opening credits.
Even Bad Girls love their daddies: Trakeena may be spoiled, self-centered, vain, and well evil, but she cares deeply for her father, and his death is what her fuels her to go after the Rangers herself
Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Scorpius and Trakeena may be brutal warlords, but they obviously care for one another very much. Compares this to next season where Queen Bansheera is perfectly okay with letting her son die for being useless
Even Evil Has Standards: Villamax is this trope. The best example is the Grand Finale. Also, in "An Evil Game," he gets Leo to surrender by promising to release the other Rangers and Mike. When Leo does so, Villamax honors his promise - much to Deviot's chagrin. Villamax responds by invoking I Gave My Word.
The only reason its journey ends where it does is because the constant attacks eventually destroy its engines and it crashes.
Genre Savvy: In "To the Tenth Power," while attacking Kai and Kendrix, both Psycho Blue and Pink interrupt their morphing call by grabbing their hands. Few (if any) have ever even thought to that to a Ranger before or since.
Idiot Ball: The Lost Galaxy arc starts off when a couple of scientists say an incantation, that inadvertently, causes the whole colony to lose power. The idiotic part is that while saying it the Galaxy Book starts crackling with blue lightning the characters noticed but still keep doing it anyway even going as far as to add a new word which is what cause the power loss.
One of them also starts approaching the book saying the words in what seems to be a trance saying the first few words over and over again.
Last Villain Stand: After Trakeena loses her entire army, her ship is destroyed, and all her minions are gone, she enters the cocoon her father made for to take on the One-Winged Angel form she was destined for and in an act of pure desperation, powers up the remains of the Terra Venture and attempts to crash it into the planet the colony had flown to in an attempt to destroy them and the Power Rangers. She never even once considers that she might perish as well.
Little Stowaway: the episode "Homesick" features a young Child Prodigy named Matthew, who stowed away on board of Terra Venture, but got home sick and tries to hack the ship's controls to make it fly back to Earth. When he is caught, he is told that going home is no option and he is put in the care of Damon. When Matthew helps stop Furio from accessing Terra Venture's control base, the gratefull rangers give him a ride back to Earth in the Astro Megaship.
Limited Wardrobe- Sure since the beginning Power Rangers has followed the "Each Ranger has a basic color to match their Ranger color" but this is the first season where the Rangers never wear anything but one outfit. Sure Kai, Mike, Kendrix, and Damon are in uniform, Maya and Karone come from another world, and Leo was a stowaway who wouldn't have thought to pack clothes but surely there was a shopping mall to buy clothes for the latter three.
Motive Decay: After the Rangers get the Lights of Orion, there's a span where Scorpius doesn't really seem to have a reason to pursue Terra Venture. He seems to have given up on the Quasar Sabers, the Lights are lost to him... each episode gives a decent excuse for causing trouble, but there's no reason for Scorpius to hang around and keep the colony as a handy target. But then the Rangers kill Scorpius and give Trakeena all the motivation she needs.
Names to Run Away From Really Fast: With the exception of Trakeena, every villain with something more than a MOTW role has one Scorpious, Furio, Villamax, Treacheron, Deviot, Barbarax, Captain Mutiny. (why the bosses of Terra Venture give trust to somebody named Captain Mutiny when he first shows up is way too trusting, ignoring obvious hints).
Strangely if either Villamax or Treacheron are loyal to their friends and don't betray anyone.
Never Say "Die": despite the unusually high body count, this trope was followed until the finale, in which Commander Stanton declares:
"This ship is dying. I don't want us to die with it!"
New Powers as the Plot Demands: The early episodes are horrible at logical consistency, and this extends to the Rangers' arsenal. The Quasar Launchers and Astro Cycles in particular never got an explanation where they came from.
Noble Demon: Villamax. He only seems to join Trakeena to help her avenge her father. If it wasn't for that, he would be a nice guy, judging from the fact he saved a little girl from falling rubble during the finale.
Treacharon too. He actually throws the Magna Defender's sword to him so they can have a fair duel.
Non-Indicative Name: Treacharon is loyal and never betrays anyone. For Scorpius' crew, that's rare.
Not-So-Harmless Villain: Trakeena started as a weak bratty princess who became angry for someone breaking her fingernails. Around the middle of the series, she gets trained by Villamax and becomes a capable warrior. During the final arc, she forcibly gets merged with Deviot and becomes...outright scary.
Now Do It Again Backwards: Kai and Leo open the portal to get out of the Lost Galaxy by saying the spell that got them in backwards.
Offscreen Afterlife: Kendrix. It can probably be applied to Magna Defender, too, though the subject wasn't directly brought up.
Out-of-Genre Experience: The mid-season episode, "The Rescue Mission", plays more like a hard sci-fi action movie than it does a episode of Power Rangers.In fact only 2 of the 5 Rangers appeared morphed and it is as the very end of the episode for less than 5 minutes.
It's also the ONLY Power Rangers episode to not use a single drop of Stock Footage. Not just no footage from Super Sentai, but not even their own stock footage such as morphing.
The Peter Principle: "Turn Up The Volume" has Karone push Damon into competing for an open "Head Mechanic" position. Of course, as soon as he gets it he finds out it's a Desk Jockey job that doesn't involve his mechanic skills at all, and he quickly passes it off to the guy he was competing against.
Primal Stance: The 'beast run,' which we'll see again in Wild Force, is an artifact of Gingaman footage, as that series was a nature-themed spiritual predecessor to Gaoranger / Wild Force. Since it's in all the Gingaman footage, the Rangers ran that way in American footage as well or you'd have had bizarre, distracting moments of going from running upright to hunched over and back in every scene that involves running.
Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: Leo tended to call his late-season powerups like this, such as "Red! Capsular! Cycle!" and "Red! Armored! Power! Ranger!"
Put on a Bus: Skull, after Jason Narvy left the series to go to college. Ironically, he was written out by missing a bus, oversleeping so that Bulk has to board the ship without him.
Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: A stowaway, a security officer, a mechanic, a scientist, and a Jungle Princess. Later, they added the stowaway's older brother (another security guy) and the former Princess of Evil.
Rich Idiot with No Day Job: Mike, Kendrix, Kai, and Damon are all employed by Terra Venture and the GSA in some way, but what the hell do Leo, Maya, and Karone do all day? (technically there's not proof that they are rich, but they're not struggling to survive, so somebody's providing stuff for them.)
Maya and Leo's place onboard Terra Venture is interesting. They're both stowaways (and Karone is as well, if you think about it), but they both have very high profiles onboard the ship (indicating that at least Stanton knew about their secret identities). Maya was shown working in environmental jobs in several episodes. In the third episode, she was working in a horticultural research facility. During the Lights of Orion saga, Maya's shown taking care of the ship's farm animals. Leo was with Maya both those times, but twice, Leo was also shown taking care of a group of young children (once in "The Rescue Mission", and again in "Facing the Past"). Leo also tried to join the GSA, early on, so it's a fair assumption that Leo bounced between a number of different jobs onboard. Given that his brother was second-in-command, and his two room-mates were two of the most important people onboard the colony, he probably wasn't exactly penniless.
Real Life Writes the Plot: When Valerie Vernon, Kendrix's actress, had to quit the show in order to undergo treatment for leukemia, Patricia Ja Lee was hired to reprise her role as Cassie to fill the Pink Ranger position. Then she quit over a contractual dispute, and Melody Perkins was hired to reprise her role as Karone and fill out the team. Three episodes were needed to shift the cast around, and two more establish Karone's place in the status quo. One very high-budget episode was filmed before Lee's departure and had to be scrapped.
Schizo Tech: Comes from shoehorning a modern-day city into a futuristic space station.
Of special note is the battlizer, an armor once held by a Barbarian Hero. That takes the form of a starfighter.
Sci-Fi Writers Have No Sense of Scale: You don't make it to a new galaxy if the Point of No Return is 14 light years away. (14LYs is big distance, just not in terms of galactic or inter-galactic distances. For example, the Andromeda Galaxy, nearest galaxy that doesn't orbit our own? Two MILLION light years away.)
Turns into a Series Continuity Error when the very same Astro Megaship regularly went to different galaxies in In Space and our previous villains came from another galaxy and returned there frequently, only for the distance between galaxies (even ignoring the error in scale) to suddenly become impossible to cross when this has never been the case previously.
Secret Secret Keeper: Once or twice, Commander Stanton and Terra Venture's ruling council are hinted to know who the Rangers are. At the very least, High Councilor Renier pointedly cut off any questioning of where Mike had been when he suddenly reappeared.
Ship Tease: Leo was initially teased with Kendrix, but when she died they started teasing him with her replacement, Karone.
The Starscream: Deviot. He was easily the successor to Darkonda, once again not after the big bad, but after her powers. In the end, his greed for those powers was his undoing, as he and Trakeena battled into the cocoon containing the ultimate power, causing Deviot's ruthlessness to become infused into Trakeena and destroying Deviot himself.
Staying Alive: After being seemingly vaporized by Leo's Battlizer attack at pointblank range, Trakeena shows up alive in the crossover with Lightspeed Rescue, with only a scar to show for it. However, her face can briefly be seen in the explosion after her 'death,' so you knew not to count her out for good.
A scar AND body-covering insect-esque exo-skeleton, though the latter was mainly to hide the fact that the actress who played Trakeena refused to appear in the episode after the producers attempted to double-cross her out of the previously agreed upon salary they were to pay her.
Awesomely, if you look back to the part of Journey's End where the Scorpion Stinger crashes, you can see the scar on Trakeena that will eventually be mostly covered by a faceplate in Trakeena's Revenge. Apparently, losing her monster form didn't cure her.
Suspiciously Similar Substitute: At least one episode has Karone not acting very Karone like, because it was originally written for when Cassie was still planned on being the replacement Pink Ranger and they merely replaced Cassie's name with Karone.
Take Up My Sword: Three separate incidents among the heroes, all involving literal swords.
With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Trakeena fusing with/absorbing Deviot in the cocoon. Granted, she wasn't exactly the nicest person beforehand, what with being the series' second Big Bad, but she got nasty quick after that incident.
Written-In Infirmity: Valerie Vernon was diagnosed with leukemia, so her character Kendrix was killed off. Thankfully, she got better, and in time to have Kendrix get better.